Let’s come to the table rather than resort to government intervention

BY: - April 10, 2021

The Montana State House Agriculture Committee last week voted unanimously to table HB 677, a bill that would have prohibited certain nonprofit organizations from buying agricultural land. This proposed legislation would have been a brazen violation of private property rights. It would have inserted government in between willing buyers and sellers. It proposed a dangerous […]

Legislature working on infrastructure, conservation projects

BY: - April 9, 2021

In recent weeks the Montana Legislature has advanced bills to support critical infrastructure and conservation projects across the state. Starting with House Bill 632, Republicans committed to investing the latest round of federal COVID relief dollars in infrastructure, telecommunications, and economic stabilization which will support our economy for future generations. While it was fiscally irresponsible […]

Do as I say, not as I do: The mixed messaging of Montana’s leaders

BY: - April 8, 2021

Forgive me for being naïve. A career spent covering politics should be enough to prove to me that ideological consistency has never been a hallmark of American politicians. How often do we hear variations of the question that goes something like this: How can a party that wants to legislate that life begins at the […]

Biden administration a welcome change in forest service plans

BY: - April 7, 2021

One of the Trump administration’s worst projects, which would have burned a million acres of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, has been halted in its tracks by Biden’s Forest Service after the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Native Ecosystems Council, and Yellowstone to Uintas submitted detailed comments opposing this insane idea. The Targhee Prescribed Fire project […]

Montana Legislature leaving young Montanans behind

BY: - April 5, 2021

Almost 47% of Montana’s population is under the age of 35. Meanwhile, just 10 of 150 legislators in Helena are under 35. Our legislators may not represent the full breadth of Montana, yet the decisions they make have significant impacts on our lives. From the outside looking in, many representatives appear to be more concerned […]

Montana lawmakers are acting like Putin’s pups

BY: - April 4, 2021

I didn’t study political science in college. I’m a soil scientist. So when people sling political terms around, I have to look them up in Webster’s Dictionary. Webster writes that “socialism is when government takes over the means of production.” Webster’s says that  “crony capitalism” occurs when business thrives not because of risk, but because […]

Why is Montana’s abortion rate higher than Europe’s?

BY: - April 2, 2021

Unborn Montanans have been present and accounted for in the 67th session of the Montana Legislature.  Eighteen abortion bills were submitted in 2020-2021; six of them were eventually introduced in the House, one in the Senate. The “short titles” of these bills reveal an expected pattern: Bills to protect a “pain-capable unborn child” or to […]

Believe Gianforte: He is a man of his actions

BY: - April 1, 2021

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou When Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte — then candidate Gianforte — assaulted a reporter, the entire country was shocked: A politician attacking a reporter? That seems crazy. A little more than 24 hours later, the puzzlement shifted from the multimillionaire former tech […]

Analysis: How the U.S. invested in the War on Terrorism at the cost of public health

BY: - March 31, 2021

Here’s one big takeaway from our country’s disastrous 2020 covid response: For 20 years, we’ve lavished attention and money on fighting human terrorism and forgot that the terrorism of nature is equally deadly, deserving equal preparation. Today, with more than 545,000 U.S. covid deaths, I hope we’ve learned the huge cost of allowing our public […]

Death by numbers: The forgotten (young) faces of COVID

BY: - March 30, 2021

It’s hard to say when we became numb to the numbers. It’s the nature of numbers to obscure names and faces, to obliterate the story of one lost life with six digits representing hundreds of thousands of others. But then someone sends along an obituary of someone you knew. Or you drift off to sleep […]

Montanans need a better deal

BY: - March 29, 2021

For far too long, American taxpayers have been short changed as our oil and gas resources have been doled out at bargain basement rates. The broken federal oil and gas program has resulted in an excess of public lands stockpiled by the oil and gas industry. As Dan Bucks, former Montana Revenue Department Director recently […]

How one Missoula tech company used COVID-19 funds to support local businesses

BY: and - March 28, 2021

Fifteen years ago, we started what became because we believed the community wanted a centralized place to know what was happening when, and that we could build and strengthen our city through a new kind of online platform. Fast forward to March 2020, when events across Montana were widely canceled or moved online, and […]